there is no such thing as Domestic Violence.

Did the title get your attention? I hope so, i hope it felt like a punch to the gut to women & men who have been abused. The title is to catch attention of mothers, daughters, sisters, friends…we all have women in our lives, but we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, but…

I am changing how we celebrate Hanukkah.

Pretty audacious, right? well, i am tired of tiptoeing around what is right & wrong with how to celebrate Hanukkah. i grew up in Vermont with two parents, my father is Jewish & my mother converted. We grew up celebrating both Christmas & Hanukkah. we got a Christmas tree. perhaps a day or two before Christmas….

words are mightier than a sword

“the pen is mightier than the sword” well, of course it is. the sword was created for one thing only, to destroy. the pen…words can both destroy or create. words can contain incredible power. words can be used to decimate, dominate, debilitate & bring you to your knees. and once you’ve hit the floor, some…

blogging is finding modern pen pals…

I have a wonderful pen pal named Mo. She is an artist & a photographer based in Australia. I posted photos of a large chess set found in the front of the city center in Crestline village a few days ago.  This is her comment: “There’s a huge public chessboard in Fremantle, the port south…

snow in Alabama vs Vermont

The kids & I have been trapped in our house for four days because of snowfall on Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama. A little background history first. I consider myself a Yankee. My (now ex) husband informed me that I’ve lived in Birmingham Alabama for as long as I lived in Vermont–half my life. My Vermont…

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 220,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 9 days for that many people to see…

Wavy windows

Downtown Birmingham, Alabama…it is a pretty good looking mix of old & new architecture…and what-were-they-thinking buildings. My favorite is the old stuff, that seems to be where the love is. God is in the details. I think, with architecture, love is in the details. Older buildings, was a time when the craftsmen showed people what…

PEACE is not something you wish for

the english in the painting (which i painted), is an unfinished quote. Here is the whole of it: Peace is not something you wish for, it’s something you make, something you are, something you do,  and  something you give away. ~Robert Fulghum the Hebrew is Tikkum olam…meaning ‘repair the world’ something Jewish people are taught since before…